¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Highway 51 Blues has an interesting history. Highway 51 is an actual road that runs from New Orleans to Wisconsin. It was one of the primary routes southern blacks used as they migrated to the north in search of factory jobs in the big cities.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 On Dylan first album, Bob Dylan, the song is credited to Curtis Jones, a blues piano player. Another ancestor is blues guitar player Tommy McClennan’s New Highway 51 , an updated version of Jones’ song.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The Everly Brothers did a rockabilly version of Highway 51. They also used the same chord structure in their hit song, Wake Up Little Suzie. If you listen closely you can hear Little Suzie in Dylan’s version. Todd Harvey, author of The Formative Bob Dylan , notes that Dylan borrowed the same chord structure years later for his own song, It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).